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Statehouse
5:00 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Reforming Tax Increment Financing

Tax Increment Financing, or TIF, is facing reform in the legislature. The House Ways and Means committee approved a bill that would limit what cities and counties could use TIF to do. Supporters say TIF has become a way to reel in businesses at the tax payer’s expense. Opponents of the legislation says it undermines cities and counties ability to fix blighted and underdeveloped areas. Iowa Public Radio's Sandhya Dirks reports.

Statehouse
5:00 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Tobacco Tax Dispute

Some smokers have always saved money by buying loose tobacco and rolling their own cigarettes. Now a number of smoke shops around the state are making it not just cheap but very easy. But the state’s tax police are on the case.  

River to River
11:00 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Ambassador Stephen Rapp and Patrick Clancy

Waterloo native Stephen Rapp has traveled the globe to prosecute those involved in some of the most heinous war crimes atrocities. He was responsible for leading the prosecutions of former Liberian President Charles Taylor for crimes committed during the civil war in Sierra Leone. Ben talks with Ambassador Rapp about his job heading the Office of Global Criminal Justice. Later, a conversation with Patrick Clancy who leads the Iowa School for the Deaf and the Iowa Braille School.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Neurogenetics and Giant Short-Faced Bear

Epilepsy affects nearly three million Americans. During this program, Charity talks with Dr. Jeffrey Noebels of the Developmental Neurogenetics Laboratory at the Baylor College of Medicine. He’ll share what he and his fellow researchers have discovered about the genes and mechanisms that underlie epilepsy and how epilepsy is related to memory. Dr. Noebels is in Iowa City to speak as part of the UI's Health Science Research Week. Later, the talk turns to the giant short-faced bear, an animal that stood more than 11 feet high and lived in Iowa during the Ice Age.

Education
5:00 am
Mon April 2, 2012

What's the Big Deal about Price Lab?

With all the controversy over the decision to close Iowa's official R&D lab school, we wondered: would the state's teachers really be any worse off without it? 

Statehouse
5:00 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Legislative Preview 4/2/12

IPR's Sarah McCammon and Joyce Russell preview the week ahead at the Iowa statehouse.

River to River
11:00 pm
Sun April 1, 2012

Legislative Day: Property Tax Reform

One of the top priorities heading into this year's legislative session was property tax reform. With scheduled adjournment only weeks away time is once again running out for lawmakers to act. Host Joyce Russell examines the long history of the property tax debate in Iowa, and the Democratic and Republican plans to fix the system. Among the guests- Democratic Senator Joe Bolkom from Iowa City, Republican Representative Tom Sands from Wapello and Des Moines City Manager Rick Clark.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Sun April 1, 2012

Author John Price and Paula Poundstone

Grounded in place, in the great grasslands of the Midwest, John Price's large-hearted memoir Man Killed by Pheasant and Other Kinships is the thread that runs throughout. It features creatures running through his back yard and in the wild, with Swedish ancestors, with neighbors, with the Midwestern prairies, all surrounded by his wife and children. John joins Charity to talk about the book. Later, comedian Paula Poundstone talks about her upcoming show at Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines.

Education
5:00 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Being Homeschooled in Iowa: College

Iowa Public Radio concludes its week-long series “Being Home Schooled in Iowa” today with a look at the transition from home schooling to college. More students on Iowa’s campuses are entering a traditional classroom for the first time after being taught primarily by their parents. How smoothly do they make that move? What do professors see in students who were home schooled? And how do admission offices evaluate applicants who have never been given a letter grade? Reporter Rob Dillard went looking for answers to these questions.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Christopher the Conquered Releases New Album at Mission Creek Festival

Christopher Ford, from the band “Christopher the Conquered”, sitting in downtown Iowa City during the 2012 Mission Creek Festival.
John Pemble

Des Moines based indie rock musician Chris Ford is trying out a new venue for releasing his new CD. Instead of a typical release party or concert, he’s unveiling the work at a venue that brings musicians together with authors and visual artists during a weeklong event -- the Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City.

 

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Agriculture/HPM
5:00 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Governors fight back against so-called "pink slime"

You might have heard the term “pink slime” in the news recently. Now the fear over the so called slime is beginning to have economic effects. This week Beef Products Incorporated, or BPI, temporally closed down a total of three meat processing plants in Kansas, Texas, and Iowa. So the Governors of those states are doing damage control. Thursday they toured the only BPI factory still open, in South Sioux City, Nebraska.

Talk of Iowa
11:00 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Horticulture Day: Sharing Knowledge

Iowa State University horticulture students are sharing their knowledge with students around the world. This hour, on Talk of Iowa's Horticulture Day, we’ll talk about a school garden project in the Virgin Islands and, of course we’ll talk about your garden projects. Charity's guests are horticulturists Richard Jauron of Iowa State University Extension and Jennifer Bousselot, a lecturer and Master Gardener Coordinator at Iowa State University.

Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Ames Piano Quartet Retirements

For thirty six years the Ames Piano Quartet has been Iowa State University’s resident chamber music ensemble. Their accomplishments include worldwide tours and a discography of fifteen releases. Next month, two of the founding members will retire resulting in the biggest personnel change in the quartet’s history.

Politics
5:00 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Biden Shows Iowa the Love

The Vice President is plowing through critical swing states - and in Iowa, it's all about the manufacturing, baby. 

Statehouse
5:00 am
Thu March 29, 2012

School Start Date

Iowa’s tourism industry has mounted a last minute effort in the Iowa House to stop schools from starting earlier in the fall. Representatives from the lodging and travel sectors pleaded with lawmakers to let them ply their trade from June to late August without interference from schools. But there was bitter division within the Republican majority.  

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